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MSU Reading Series to host novelist Eric Shonkwiler

Novelist Eric Shonkwiler will read from his work as a part of the Morehead State University’s Reading Series on Thursday, Sept. 25, in the Kibbey Seminar Room of the Bert Combs Building (Room 109) at 7 p.m.

Shonkwiler also will participate in a question and answer session at 2 p.m. at CoffeeTree Books. Both events also are free and open to the public.

Shonkwiler is the author of the critically-acclaimed novel, Above All Men, chosen as a 2014 Midwest Connections Pick. The novel is a story of a war-veteran farmer with PTSD struggling to hold his family and farm together in the wake of the economic collapse of near-future America.

Born and raised in Ohio, Shonkwiler is an extensive nomad, having lived and worked in every time zone in the U.S. His writing has appeared in Los Angeles Review of Books, The Millions, Fiddleblack, [PANK] Magazine, and Midwestern Gothic.  He received his MFA in Fiction from University of California Riverside, has taught college  English and Creative Writing, and is the Regional Editor for Los Angeles Review of Books, as well as a former reader for [PANK] and former Editor-in-Chief and fiction editor for Crate Magazine.  

Each year, the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Creative Writing Program invites nationally acclaimed writers to give readings and craft talks as part of the MSU Reading Series. Recent guests include Tim Seibles, Alissa Nutting, Amelia Gray, Dave Housley among others.

The MSU Reading Series is supported by the Buckner and Sally S. Hinkle Endowment for Humanities, Morehead State Public Radio, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, MSU’s Arts and Humanities Council, Department of English and Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Follow the official the department of English on Facebook for updates on the reading series.

For additional information, contact MSU’s Department of English at 606-783-9448.